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    Seychelles

    The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful and harmonious blend of different races, which stem from African, European and Asian roots all of whom have brought something of their own customs and way of life to the islands. The result is a charming Creole culture enriched from the melting pot of many continents.

    There are three official languages – English, French and Creole. Creole is spoken by everyone and is an adaptation of 17th Century French with additional words and expressions coming from African languages and from Madagascar. It has been elevated to national language status, earning the same respect as English and French. Today Creole is a written as well as a spoken language, which has resulted in an outburst of creativity in plays, poetry and prose.

    The population of Seychelles stands at 87,000 of which 78,000 live on Mahe, in particular around the capital Victoria, some 7,000 on Praslin and the remainder on La Digue and scattered among the rest of the islands.
    Roman Catholiscism is the dominant religion, but there are also Anglican and Protestant churches together with smaller Muslim, Hindu and Baha’i communities based on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. 

    Country Profile

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    Head of State

    H.E. Danny Faure

    Head of Government ( if applicable)

    -

    Capital City

    Victoria

    Independence Day

    29 June 1976

    Official Languages

    French, English,Seychellois Creole (Kreol)

    Currency

    Seychellois Rupee (SCR) ( 1 Rs = 100 cents)

    Area/Size of country (km²)

    455

    Natural resources

    fish (mostly tuna), cinnamon, copra

    Government website link

    www.egov.sc

    Statistical indicators

    Please refer to the latest SADC Statistics Yearbook

    Seychelles SADC National Focal Point

    Ambassador Barry Faure
    SADC National Contact Point
    Secretary of State and Executive Head of the Department
    Maison Queau de Quinssy
    Mont Fleuri
    P.O. Box 656
    VICTORIA, MAHE, SEYCHELLES
    Tel       :
        (+248) 428 3500/3610/3602
    Fax      :     (+248) 422 48 45
    Email   :      bfaure@gov.sc

    CC         :     clency.estico@gov.sc

    CC      :     Mrs Marie-Antoinette Rose-Quatre 

                    High Commissioner

                    High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles

                    The Village, Unit D 02/01, Cnr Glenwood Ave & Oberon, Faerie Glen

                    P.O Box 697, Menlyn 0063

                    PRETORIA
                     REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

                    Tel : + 27 12 348 0270  Fax  : +27 12 348 0069
                    Email : marosequatre@seychelleshc.co.za